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I open the blank scroll, pick up a brush, and begin writing.
"Today, on the 6th August, another outsider got killed." I stop at that single line, and sigh. I really want to add more, but I must stick to what I know, and maintain the archive perfectly. I want to add that he was extremely incoherent, and got killed by the militia after he snatched a sword and threatened to kill them if they got closer.
I put the brush down, carefully, and I stretch. Trying to forget the sight of his mangled body is an exercise in itself, but keeping notes is sadly all I can do. Speaking of which, let's see just how many outsiders are still alive by now.
"Five outsiders got in Gensokyo after their bus got lost..." Five, right. Three of them died before they could reach the village, and the fourth one died yesterday in the evening. Meaning there's only one left, and that poor sap probably doesn't feel all right.

I pick up my cane, and slowly walk to the window. At least today is relatively quiet.
"You got a new dead outsider? Can I eat him?"
And there she goes.
"They already cremated him. And by the way, I didn't give you my keys, how did you come in?"
"I made a spare."
I can't help but smile, and she does the same. Youkais are a troublesome lot, but I don't mind that one.
"Why visit me today? Are you bored again?"
"I finished my book. Got another one?"
Her eyes land on my weak leg, and her smile briefly disappear while her eyes grow enraged. She opens her mouth, but closes it after a while.
"I just might. As long as you tell me why you're really here."
She looks at me, a surprised look on her face, and turns away, her cheeks blushing. "...I wanted to see you."
"But you come almost every nigh-"
"That's different!" She cuts me, which is rather unusual for her. "I felt like I needed to see you. The youkais are whispering, you know? They say that the humans in the village will soon turn on each others, and that already they're killing each others!"
I hold back a sigh. "It's different, he was an outsider. Sometimes, they have weapons that can kill you in a flash, so the militia-"
"The militia, the militia!" She cuts me again, her eyes on my leg, her lips trembling in what I assume to be rage. Then, after a few seconds, she stands up and leaves my cushion. "Your ink will go dry."
I understand the message, and slowly walk back, while she avoids looking at me.
"By the way, have you heard about the crystal lake?" I hum negatively, while pulling up my sleeve and grabbing my brush again. "It got all muddy."

[] "Do tell me more."
[] "I'm kind of busy with what's going on in the village."
[] "Must suck for whoever lives here. Does anyone lives there?"
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[X] "Do tell me more."

A new story huh, neat! Of course I'd vote to learn more about what's the title of the story.
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[X] Lak-
[X] "Must suck for whoever lives here. Does anyone lives there?"
Akyuu story?
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Waiting for someone to break the tie.
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[X] "Do tell me more."

Might as well see what this is actually all about.
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crystal lake
[X] "Do tell me more."

I briefly hesitate, before dipping the brush in ink again, and resume the writing.
"Do tell me more." I comment off-handedly, focusing on being as matter-of-factly as I can.
She sits in front a me, barely hiding a pleased smile that she managed to rile up my curiosity. "Well, that's kind of all there is to it. The Crystal Lake's muddy."
I mumble to myself, writing the facts and only the facts, before commenting aloud. "What happened? The fairy by the lake decided to fish with explosives again?"
I put the brush down and watch her laugh at my joke. "Not a chance, after the Hakurei scolded her, even she wouldn't try that again! She's not really smart, but she has good instinct, and nobody wants to get on the bad side of that girl."
"Is she that scary?"
Her smile instantly disappears. "She's worse than Miss Hieda. Just be glad you're human, you're safe from her."
I shrug. "I dunno, Miss Hieda's pretty scary herself. Last time I wrote notes on the side, she had me rewrite the archive for the whole month. It took me half the night."
She stands up, walks around the table and hugs me. "I'm sorry, I'm sure you were lonely."
I can't help but smile as I lean against her. "Yeah, I was. Lonely and cold."
She doesn't answer.
"Well. I guess my work is done for today, anyway..."

By the time it's lunch, we're still in bed.
"So, if I got it right, the lake just got muddy like that?"
I massage my weak leg. "That's weird."
"It sure is."
I take a peek at her. Sadly, she immediately notices me, and pulls up the sheet to covers herself. "Oh, come on, I can appreciate beauty."
She sticks her tongue out. "I don't want to risk being eaten."
I laugh back, unable to think of an answer, before bringing the same topic again. "Sorry, but that lake thing just worries me. Things don't happen without a reason."
She smiles. "Things don't happen without a reason, huh? Am I really talking to you, or to someone else who wears your skin and never used magic?"
I shrug while scratching my leg. "Even magic follows rules. If you can understand the rules, you can manipulate the system, that's how it works."
"You really are a human, you're all the same. You need to carve open, break, and destroy to understand."
I crawl closer, landing a kiss on her cheek. "Well, at least you'll have an easy time replacing me when I'll die."
To my surprise, she violently pushes me off.
"Hey! What's the ide-"
"Shut up."
The venom in her voice stops me in my track, and I stay silent as she dresses and leaves. I can't help but feel I screwed up.
I crawl back to the bed and get my walking stick, standing up with difficulty, before getting dressed as well.

I need to do something. Anything.
[] Go walk around the market or something.
[] Go inspect the lake.
[] Go ask Miss Hieda if she has a job for me.
[] ...fuck it, go after Tokiko and apologize.
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I'm guessing this is a Marisa story?
[X] ...fuck it, go after Tokiko and apologize.
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[X] Go walk around the market or something
oughta clear the head first
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[X] Go walk around the market or something
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[X] Go walk around the market or something

With an annoyed sigh, I pick up my coat, my cane, but I also pick an amulet and a knife that I sneak in my sleeve, just in case.
I leave my house, and slowly leaves the residential district to head to the market, still thinking about Tokiko's reaction. I mean, it makes sense, right? I'm only human, and she's a youkai, so she'll outlive me, so why pretend it'll never happen?

The market is busy as usual, with a lot of couples going from stalls to stalls, loudly commenting. Looking around, I notice a fair bit of youkais in the crowd. A woman with fox ears here, smiling at a young man holding a racoon mask. A smoked meat seller with large horns. A couple of men in a corner, glaring daggers at everyone who doesn't look human.
I walk in, going in the crowd with difficulty, making my way to a dango seller, and buying a few for myself. Then, as I make my way out of the crowd, I hear a single, hateful whisper.
Then someone kicks my walking stick and I fall to the ground, the dangos falling down and being instantly trampled by the crowd.
"Hey, someone fell down! You okay, buddy?"
I look up, and see a hand reaching down for me. I grab it, and I'm swiftly pulled up, face to face with a cat youkai.
"Yeah, thanks. Sorry for tripping."
He shakes his head, his tail fuzzing up, and answer in a pissed whisper. "You're fine, you didn't trip. I saw that, someone kicked you. Got any idea who that was?"
I shrug. "Lots of tension recently."
"But still, picking on the..." His eyes wander down, staring at my leg, and he bites his lip. "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to..."

[] "Let me offer you a drink."
[] "I have to go, I have to [write-in]."
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Tough walkin around with a bum leg like that. No way to get it treated?

Who'd be the one buyin who a drink here?
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I probably need to clarify that the quality of the write-in won't really matter, so if you can't think of one, pick the option anyway.
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[X] "Let me offer you a drink."
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[X] "Let me offer you a drink."
May aswell
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[X] "Let me offer you a drink."

I nod, and try to smile.
"Thanks for the help, though. Can you let me offer you a drink?"
The cat youkai makes a funny face, clearly surprised. "...sure?"

We go to the tavern, and get some sake. The building, usually fairly loud, is oddly quiet today, which seem to annoy the cat. Once we're both sitting, he ask me, in a hushed voice.
"Anything going on today?"
I shrug. "You tell me. All I know is that another outsider went crazy and had to be killed by the watchmen."
"Isn't it strange for humans to kill another human?"
I can't help but smirk. "Outsiders and us, we have as much in common as you'd have with... I dunno, a fox youkai."
He mumbles to himself, and drinks slowly. "...how many outsiders are left?"
"Excuse me?"
He looks at me, and asks again. "Last time I checked, it was a group of three, right? The remaining two are still here? I need to talk to them."
"Dude, I'm sorry, but two of them are already dead. If you wanna chat up the last one, you'll have to be quick, and..." I shut up before saying too much, but he notices it.
"What's up?"
I hesitate, and add. "I'm afraid the watchmen won't let you talk to him."
"Because I'm a black cat and I'll bring them misfortune?" He asks, his ears perking up angrily.
"No, not because you're black, but because you're a cat. The militia, they don't like youkais."
He stares at me, and gulps his drink down.
"You didn't know?" I ask, a bit surprised. Pretty much everyone knows, except maybe the kappas, but they're so annoyingly friendly. And they are very popular among younger villagers, due to their habits of swimming in these tights swimsuits. A few years ago, it wouldn't have been rare to hear one of the boys lost his virginity to one. Then the militia caught one having fun, and...
I shiver, before noticing his stare. "...yeah?"
"Is it okay for you to be seen with you?"
I point at the crowd outside. "There are many people dating youkais, so me having a drink with you won't raise an eyebrow."
"I see. Say, you're not trying to date me, are you?"
I choke on my sake under his amused eyes.

[] Well, that was all fun, but I still to find me a gift for a deary crested ibis.
[] Well, that was all fun, but I need to go shave my knee or something.
[] Well, that was all fun, but I need to come up with a generic excuse and go do something like staring at the wall.
[] Why do a youkai want to talk to an outsider anyway?
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[X] Well, that was all fun, but I still to find me a gift for a deary crested ibis.


What sorta gift do you get a bird-lady anyway? Somethin for preening, maybe a rope to chew on?
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[x] Well, that was all fun, but I still to find me a gift for a deary crested ibis.
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> The fairy by the lake decided to fish with explosives again?

And here I thought Cirno was a Cryo-type fairy, not a Pyro-type...

> No, not because you're black, but because you're a cat.

At least he's not a rabbit. Or, perhaps, a ghost.
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